The sprinters had been waiting for two weeks for their moment of glory and a hotly contested sprint was won by Andre Griepel, Lotto. He described it as the biggest win of his career and he is no stranger to success.
Even before the final bell on today’s race plans are being laid down for the 2016 TDF. Next year the start will be in France near Utah Beach.
Some riders will be looking for new contracts in the meantime. Some have new contracts to negotiate. Richie Porte who is currently with Sky has announced that he will be leaving that team. Speculation has it that he is moving to BMC but that cannot be confirmed at this time. Team Europcar has announced that they will not be sponsoring a professional cycling team next season.
Stage 21 Standing General Classification
1. Andre Griepel, Lotto 1. Chris Froome, Sky
2. Bryan Coquard, Europcar 2. Nairo Quintana, Movistar
3. Alexander Kristoff, Katusha 3. Alejandro Valverde, Movistar
4. Edvald Boassen Hagen, Qhubeka 4. Vincenzo Nibali, Astana
5. Arnaud Demare, FDJ 5. Alberto Contador, Tinkoff
198 riders started the three week race, 160 finished it.
For excellent background information on the Tour de France both VeloNews and Le Tour are good sources.
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